Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lean On Me by HelenKay Dimon

Title: Lean On Me
Author: HelenKay Dimon
My RatingB

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Cassidy and Mitch
Release Date: October 2012
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Carina Press
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world's highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she's back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren't exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.
Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he's surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she's staying. Though he's sworn to stop cleaning up other people's messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bed-sharing optional, but definitely welcome.
Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck.
39,000 words

My Review:
This was a story that I truly enjoyed. It was short enough to be able to read in a single sitting, which was good because I didn't want to put it down. I got completely caught up in the story between Cassidy and Mitch. 
Cassidy used to be the town's sweetheart as a world-renowned climber. She was their pride and joy, until altitude sickness got her and she was quoted saying some unfavorable things about her hometown. They've never forgiven her.
This is a small town and the rumor-mill seems to be more productive than most...usually spouting off incorrect facts at the detriment of Cassidy's reputation, but after losing all her money she has no choice to return home to the step-father she loves. BUT he's hiding secrets too so she's left basically homeless, sneaking into the local nursery to sleep at night. The same nursery where Mitch works.
Cassidy has been harshly judged and convicted and you can't help but feel for her. But I also felt a lot of admiration for her as she keeps her head high and remains tough. She's not going to let the town busy-bodies affect her. The one person who does affect her is Mitch.
There are a lot of characters in this small book and I loved them all and the way that they interacted with each other. There were some bad assumptions made, but those people were ready to rescind those comments quickly when they found out they were wrong and then stood beside Cassidy...I liked that. I liked all the guys at the nursery and their easy camaraderie. They have both great working relationships and friendships. I hope all those guys get their own story....come on Spencer and Travis.
An aside...I didn't realize until I started writing this review that I read Mitch's sister's story in last year's Holiday Kisses Anthology...I loved that story between Carrie (Mitch's sister) and Austin (one of the owners of the nursery).
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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